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Former priest sentenced in rape case

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Defrocked priest Paul Shanley, one of the most notorious figures in the Boston clerical abuse scandal, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 to 15 years in prison for …


Boston priest convicted of sex abuse

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Defrocked priest Paul Shanley, the most notorious figure in the sex scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese, was convicted Monday of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy …


Priest who exposed church cover-up to speak at GU

Long before sex abuse became a crisis in the Catholic Church, a Dominican priest working for the Vatican sounded the alarm. Twenty years ago, the Rev. Thomas P. Doyle submitted …


Backers, accusers may have a stake in sexual abuse trial

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – He was one of the most notorious figures in the sexual abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church, but the trial of defrocked priest Paul …


Motion seeks to include parishes

Plaintiffs suing the Diocese of Spokane for sexual abuse filed a court action Friday asserting that Catholic parishes, schools, charities and other entities should be made available to settle the …


Abuse lawsuits divide victims

It wasn’t where you’d expect to find him. But there he was on a Sunday morning in September 2002, sitting in a pew during Mass at a Catholic parish in …


Diocese readies aggressive defense

Greg Arpin, with stacks of legal papers and studies about memory tucked under his arm, is a lawyer with a daunting task. He is defending the Catholic Diocese of Spokane …


Insurance companies sue archdiocese

LOS ANGELES – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles withheld “critical evidence” that could help insurance carriers assess the validity and worth of more than 500 sexual abuse claims, …


Second lawsuit filed against Pullman priest

A second lawsuit alleging sexual abuse was filed earlier this week against the Rev. James Mitchell, a Roman Catholic priest who lives in Pullman. Mitchell, who has sponsored students from …


Archdiocese runs ads seeking abuse victims

PORTLAND – The Archdiocese of Portland, the first in the nation to file for bankruptcy in the face of mounting sex abuse claims, began running ads in major U.S. newspapers …


Late Alaska priests accused in new suit

FAIRBANKS – A man filed a lawsuit in Bethel this week that claims he was sexually abused by two priests while serving in Western Alaska villages during the 1950s and …


Makeup of diocese creditor panel criticized

A five-member creditors’ committee appointed to represent alleged sexual abuse victims of Catholic clergy in the Spokane Diocese bankruptcy case has come under criticism. Of the five, two have hired …


Skirmishes start in diocese bankruptcy case

Early skirmishes among lawyers involved in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane’s bankruptcy may indicate the kind of adversarial case both sides had hoped to avoid. The Chapter 11 bankruptcy was …


Bankruptcy won’t shield diocese from public view

Bankruptcy, nobody’s darling, has an especially bad reputation in Spokane. Kaiser Aluminum Corp. has used the process to shirk pension and health care obligations to thousands of former employees.


Church step closer to reality

A generous six-figure gift from an anonymous donor has brought Our Lady of Fatima parishioners even closer to achieving their dream: celebrating Mass in an actual church building. That dream …


Court now has control over diocese finances

Sex-abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane could reach $75.7 million, a number so large that it drove Bishop William Skylstad to file for bankruptcy protection Monday. The …


Diocese steps into uncharted territory

Catholic leaders of Eastern Washington are guiding their churches into the unknown. On Monday, the Diocese of Spokane will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection – a legal arena fraught …


Fate of parishes may rest with courts

In the end, the actions of a few priests have finally hit home. With the threat of bankruptcy looming over the Diocese of Spokane, Catholics in Eastern Washington are coming …


Diocese settles with five victims

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane settled with five victims of clergy sexual abuse Friday – three days before the diocese is scheduled to file for bankruptcy protection. The total …


Suit claims abuse by military priests

TACOMA – A 50-year-old man who claims two priests sexually abused him while he was an altar boy at Fort Lewis has sued the two priests, the Archdiocese for the …


Spokane diocese sued by insurance carriers

As the Catholic Diocese of Spokane prepares to file for bankruptcy, it now faces an additional challenge: a lawsuit from its insurance company. Five insurance carriers – all owned by …


Pastor’s resignation accepted

SEATTLE – Catholic Archbishop Alexander Brunett has accepted the resignation of a priest who says he himself was molested by a priest as a child. On Thursday, Brunett sent a …


Divided bishops convene

WASHINGTON – The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding their fall meeting this week during troubled times for the U.S. church. Two dioceses have declared bankruptcy in the face of …


Church’s ads seek abuse victims

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Catholic Diocese of Tucson is placing ads in publications nationwide to notify abuse victims that they must file claims by a deadline or lose the right …


Bankruptcy plan divides diocese

When Spokane Bishop William Skylstad gathers with fellow church leaders at next week’s meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he will be one of only three bishops in …


Bankruptcy for diocese

A week after failed settlement talks with victims of clergy sex abuse, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane announced Wednesday that it will file for bankruptcy by the end of …


Talks fail in sex abuse lawsuits

Despite four days of mediation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane and victims of clergy sex abuse were unable to reach a settlement. “Simply stated, we could not reach a …


Diocese will try to settle lawsuits

Attorneys for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane will try to reach a settlement during mediation this week with 28 victims of clergy sex abuse. If the two parties fail …


Priest used church money to groom victims

SEATTLE – A former Roman Catholic priest ousted from the ministry for molesting boys diverted thousands of dollars of church money for personal expenses – in some cases showering his …


Early problems recalled by bishop

SEATTLE – When the Rev. Alexander J. Brunett was academic dean at a Roman Catholic seminary in the 1960s and complained about homosexuality among students, he was reassigned to parish …